by Carolyn A. Marsh, Site Steward
The Hammond Lakefront Park & Bird Sanctuary, a 600-meter wooded strip of Lakefront fill, lies within a kilometer of the Illinois line on Lake Michigan. A virtual oasis of vegetation within a vast urban sprawl, this site, once well-known simply as “The Migrant Trap,” is flanked to the west by the Commonwealth Edison power plant and to the east by Hammond Marina. The address is 701 Casino Center Dr, Hammond, IN 46320.
True to its name, the Bird Sanctuary produces great concentrations of migrant passerines in Spring and Fall as they search for cover en route across northwest Indiana. The city of Hammond has acknowledged the importance of the Lakefront Park & Bird Sanctuary to avian migration through the Calumet Region and has set aside much of the land as a permanent migratory bird sanctuary.
Nearby is Wolf Lake Nature Preserve in Hammond, Indiana and Forsythe Park – 119th Street and Calumet Avenue in Whiting, Indiana. Dawn to dusk daily settled on Wolf Lake, this park boasts an ice skating rink and cross-country skiing opportunities, parking areas, picnic areas, walking Trails and much more. 219.659.7678 or 853-6378. Close by is also Gibson Woods, Hammond Indiana, another nature sanctuary and the Aquatic Play Center just down Calumet Ave.,
The Hammond Bird Sanctuary workdays are held every year. The Orland Grassland Volunteers, Purdue University Hammond Bound students, a Hammond Port Authority crew and locals worked as teams to accomplish some much needed plant maintenance in the Lakefront Park and Sanctuary.
The effort was to benefit migratory birds returning from northern breeding grounds to journey as far south as Central and South America for the winter. For decades, the 16-acre woodlot has been a refuge for over 250 different species of birds in the spring and fall.
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